In most of Boulder, it is currently illegal for more than three unrelated people to live together (in some specific areas, the limit is four). For example, this means that in most of Boulder it is illegal for four unrelated people to live together in a four-bedroom house. It doesn't matter how big the house/property is, or how old or young the residents are.
Some Reasons Why this is a Problem
Instead of only allowing three unrelated people to live together, we believe a simple, common-sense change would be to allow one person living in each bedroom of a home. After all, bedrooms are for people.
Our specific ballot language:
Shall the City of Boulder Charter be amended to allow all housing units to be occupied by a number of people equal to the number of bedrooms plus one, and allow housing units with fewer than four bedrooms to have four people, and in all cases shall relevant International Building and Residential code limits apply?
Our initiative would make it so that up to four unrelated people would be allowed to live together in a three-bedroom house, up to five unrelated people would be allowed to live together in a four-bedroom house. Etcetera.
Our measure does not impose any new restrictions on any groups — it only EXPANDS housing options for everyone. Our ballot measure would not affect traditional families. Traditional families are already allowed to have an unlimited number of people living together, and those guaranteed federal legal protections for families will remain the same when our measure passes.
it's a small but mightystep in the right direction.